With a whole heap of stylish options of men’s shoes on the market, there’s no excuse for a poor footwear collection. We’ve already given our verdict on men’s trainers and summer footwear, and now it’s time for the lowdown on your smart-casual must haves
According to the old adage, the shoes maketh the man which is why it’s important to get it right. Rather than stocking up on a variety of shoes in various colours and styles, we suggest choosing key pairs that can be dressed up or down. Whether you’re a city slicker who requires pin sharp suiting or your daily uniform calls for relaxed jeans with a basic white tee, our men’s shoes guide will equip you with the shoes for both work and play…
1. Black Chelsea boots
These footwear heroes can be teamed with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket for weekend wear or they can give a black skinny suit a rock and roll edge. Chelsea boots can take you through the colder months in style thanks to their broad appeal so we suggest picking up a black pair for maximum wear.
2. Brown brogues
Traditional shoes like brogues are classics and we all love a classic, don’t we? Known for their stand out perforation detail, brogues are a pair of shoes that make a statement without the showiness of other types of men’s shoes. Depending on the shade and the style of the pair, they can either lean towards the casual side of the spectrum or they can swing towards the formal side and we can’t get enough of both. Brown brogues pair well with navy or tan hued suits, and they also look great when coupled with tapered trousers and a lightweight shirt.
3. Black derby shoes
There comes a time and a place in a man’s life where the smart dress shoe needs to make an appearance and that’s where derby shoes step in. Although understated in design, these shoes are ideal for special occasions and, as they’re chunkier than oxford shoes, they can be worn casually too. Derby shoes are a good match for any type of tailoring but for an off-duty outfit, we suggest pairing your derbies with cropped or raw edge denim.
Loafers are the go-to pair of men’s shoes for smart-casual events. It’s like they were made to be coupled with tan chinos, a white tee and shades for an evening spent outdoors. With styles ranging from the tassel, horse bit, and suede and leather options, you’re spoilt for choice. We recommend going for the leather option for dressier outfits, but for something more laid back, a suede pair in a light hue is perfect.
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